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flesh

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noun \ˈflesh\

Definition of flesh

  1. 1a :  the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate; especially :  the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from internal organs, bone, and integumentb :  the condition of having ample fat on the body cattle in good fleshc :  skin

  2. 2a :  edible parts of an animalb :  flesh of a mammal or fowl eaten as food

  3. 3a :  the physical nature of human beings the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak — Matthew 26:41 (AV)b :  human nature

  4. 4a :  human beings :  humankindb :  living beingsc :  stock, kindred

  5. 5 :  a fleshy plant part used as food; also :  the fleshy part of a fruit

  6. 6 Christian Science :  an illusion that matter has sensation

  7. 7 :  substance insights buried in the flesh of the narrative — Jan Carew

in the flesh

  1. :  in person and alive

Examples of flesh in a sentence

  1. the flabby white flesh of his belly

  2. a disease that causes sores on the flesh

Origin and Etymology of flesh

Middle English, from Old English flǣsc; akin to Old High German fleisk flesh and perhaps to Old English flēan to flay — more at flay


First Known Use: before 12th century


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flesh

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Definition of flesh

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to initiate or habituate especially by giving a foretaste

  3. 2 archaic :  gratify

  4. 3a :  to clothe or cover with or as if with flesh; broadly :  to give substance to —usually used with out flesh out a planb :  to make fuller or more nearly complete —used with out museums fleshing out their collections with borrowed works

  5. 4 :  to free from flesh

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to become fleshy —often used with up or out

1530

First Known Use of flesh

1530



FLESH Defined for English Language Learners

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flesh

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noun \ˈflesh\

Definition of flesh for English Language Learners

  • : the soft parts of the body of an animal or person

  • : the skin of a person

  • : parts of an animal used as food


FLESH Defined for Kids

flesh

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noun \ˈflesh\

Definition of flesh for Students

  1. 1 :  the soft parts of an animal's or person's body

  2. 2 :  the part of an animal that is eaten :  meat

  3. 3 :  a soft edible plant part an apple's white flesh


Medical Dictionary

flesh

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noun \ˈflesh\

Medical Definition of flesh

  1. :  the soft parts of the body of an animal and especially of a vertebrate; especially :  the parts composed chiefly of skeletal muscle as distinguished from visceral structures, bone, and integuments—see goose bumps, proud flesh

fleshed

\ˈflesht\play adjective


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